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Jesse Jackson Jr., wife charged in federal cases

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARCH 2012
    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., thanked supporters at his election night party in Chicago after his Democratic primary win in the Illinois' 2nd District. Jackson, who resigned last year after nearly 17 years in office, was charged today with spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. His wife, Sandi, was charged with filing false income tax forms.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARCH 2012
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. , D-Ill., and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, asked each other for their support and votes as they arrived at a polling station for early voting in Chicago. Jackson, who resigned last year after nearly 17 years in office, was charged today with spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. His wife, Sandi, who resigned from the City Council in January 2013, was charged with filing false income tax forms.
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WASHINGTON » Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been charged with spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. His wife was charged with filing false income tax forms.

Federal prosecutors filed a charge of conspiracy against the former congressman and charged his wife, Sandra, with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011.

In a statement, the former congressman says he offers no excuses for his conduct and fully accepts responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes he has made.

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